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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
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On my very long list of genres I'll read, on the very bottom are vampires. I don't dislike them but very few bend the genre enough to make it stand out from the rest. No one will ever come close to what Matheson did with I Am Legend.

What I did really like was that del Toro gave a reason behind the vampires. They came from somewhere right? He filled in the blanks on what made the vampires what they are. He didn't go back more than a few hundred years so you don't know how it all began but I'm certain he must get further into the history in the next instalments. Otherwise it's just a bunch of people and vampires trying to kill each other and that doesn't make for much of a story in my opinion.

I can see where this would make a good movie. It had a lot of action and gory scenes. Probably a better movie than book. If you love vampire stories, then I recommend you try this one. It was written well. If they aren't your favourite, then skip this. Good but not much new here.
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Reading Progress

February 9, 2017 – Started Reading
February 9, 2017 – Shelved
February 13, 2017 – Shelved as: vampires
February 13, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Jane I watched a couple installments of the TV show last year (the year before that?) after I read the book and I have to say it was pretty close to the book. They managed to convey the suspense & then the horror of that airplane on the runway at JFK that starts the book.


Rose I haven't seen the show but I can imagine it comes across quite well visually. That first part where they are around the plane while it's still on the tarmac reminded me of a show I watched years ago. It may have been X-Files. Same thing - everyone on board was dead but there was some evil thing in the plane


Guillermo  I think that was a Fringe episode, Rose.


Rose Good memory! I just went and looked up Fringe and it was the very first episode.


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